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Monks run amok

By Li Qian in Ganzi (Global Times)

08:35, February 03, 2012

The extensive compound of Shouling Temple on the hillside as seen from a street in Luhuo county, Sichuan Province on February 1. Photo: Li Qian/GT

Tibetan resident Ma Jiankang never thought his family could be attacked and his home destroyed by a mob. Neither did he want to believe the attackers were his fellow Tibetans.

Ma, 51, a former factory worker, now works as a self-employed taxi driver in Luhuo county, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province. Events happened too fast for him.

On January 23, the day of Spring Festival, when he and his 74-year-old mother were drinking tea and watching TV at home, Ma's house was stormed by a knife-wielding mob shouting death threats.

As he rushed to find a hiding place, the group, consisting of both men and women, smashed down the door to his courtyard. They destroyed the taxi parked in the yard, Ma's sole source of income save for the 160 yuan a month subsidy he received after being laid off from the factory. Fortunately, Ma, his mother and his cousin managed to escape.

Everything in the house was ruined: The furniture was smashed, and more than 30,000 yuan hidden in Ma's mattress and wardrobe pillaged.

"It's such a big loss for me. Why did this happen to me?" Ma had tears in his eyes as he stood in the ruin of his home.

Ma's house was targeted because his younger brother, Ma Wen'ge, is the chief of a local police station in Luhuo. They went deep into the residential compound to destroy Ma's house. Other houses were spared.

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How can these monks have any respect when their own Dalai Lama lies and cheats his way around the world spreading hatred about China. It makes me sick to see and listen to that man whenever he comes to Australia and people are surprised and don"t believe me when I tell them Tibet has been a part of China longer than most western countries have been around. Luckily we have the internet and I can search old maps of China to prove I am right.

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